The Truth About Jill Biden's Ex-Husband

When Joe Biden tragically lost his first wife, Neilia, and infant daughter, Naomi, in a 1972 car accident, the newly-elected Delaware senator was left devastated, grieving, and single parenting his two surviving sons. While Biden went through some dark years, he did get a second chance at love a few years later, and in 1977, he married his second wife, Jill.

It was a second marriage for both Joe and Jill, although Jill, unlike Joe, was with her first husband until divorce did them part. Their "meet cute" love story, according to the Daily Mail, began when Biden saw a picture of Jill appearing in an airport ad for Wilmington-area parks. He thought she looked like his kind of girl, and luckily for him, his brother Frank was acquainted with Jill and obligingly passed along her phone number. Forty-five years later, the twosome are still together. But what about Jill's first husband? Who was the man she was with before Joe? Bill Stevenson, it seems, is a man with quite an interesting past.

Bill Stevenson's had quite a varied life

The way Town Square Delaware describes him, Stevenson is a serial entrepreneur, an author, and an alum of the 1969 Woodstock festival. In fact, the three (or maybe four) days he spent at Woodstock were to launch him on his life's first path, owning Newark's Stone Balloon (a club Rolling Stone once called "the best-kept secret in rock and roll"). The club featured big-name acts in their early days, including Allman Brothers, Metallica, Ray Charles, Run DMC, The Dave Matthews Band, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt and Hootie and the Blowfish.

The Daily Mail also notes that Stevenson once played for the University of Delaware football team (go Blue Hens!), and that after his club-owning days he founded a horticultural company and invented a plant support system that he sold to Scotts Miracle-Gro. He's also a gold medal-winning shot putter in the National Senior Games, and, after suffering a near-fatal 2018 heart attack on the streets of New York City, is spearheading a nationwide campaign to equip patrol cars with defibrillators.

Bill Stevenson was also interested in politics

Stevenson describes himself as a liberal Republican, but notes that he actually voted for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. His name carries a great deal of weight in the state of Delaware. In fact, in 2012, he was given the honor of being named one of "The 50 Most Influential Delawareans of the Past 50 Years" by Delaware Today

Turns out, when Joe first ran for the Senate in 1972, Stevenson was also dipping his toe into the political waters. At the time, he threw his support behind the incumbent Republican in the race, Caleb Boggs. But it was not a match made in heaven. As Stevenson noted: "I had a disagreement with Boggs over corruption in Delaware and he told me: 'Get out of my office. Go work for that joke Biden'" (via the Daily Mail). 

And that, according to Stevenson, is how he became involved with the (then) senatorial candidate's campaign. "Jill and I sat in the Bidens' kitchen," said Stevenson. "We worked on his campaign. I gave $10,900 to his first campaign — in cash." 

And now, Stevenson has more to add to his story of how his family and Joe Biden crossed paths in the early 1970s.

Bill Stevenson has his own stories to tell, possibly about Jill Biden

As an author, Stevenson wrote a book called The Stone Balloon, the Early Years (currently out of print, but a used copy on Amazon will run you $394.97), and now has a second book in the works — though he has not released a title. He claims it will tell the story of his life and include the real story of how Joe and Jill Biden first got together. Basically, he implies it will be a tell-all tome about his famous ex, focusing on his suspicions that she may have been involved with Joe Biden while still married to him (a claim both Bidens refute).

Even so, Stevenson is quick to emphasize that he holds no grudges. "I genuinely don't want to harm Jill's chances of becoming First Lady. She would make an excellent First Lady — but this is my story," he told the Daily Mail. 'It's not a bitter book — I'm not bitter because, if it wasn't for my divorce, I would never have met my wife Linda and she's the greatest thing in my life."

Whether the "he said" or "she said" version of this story prevails, one thing's for sure: Bill Stevenson will continue to be one of Delaware's most colorful characters.